From tiki bars to underground secret rum bars; shake up your weekend with a visit to one of Australia’s best rum bars!

Whether you like to drink it straight, split with a mixer or shaken up into a cocktail, Australians love their rum. Thankfully Australia has some pretty cool bars that specialise in the sugarcane loaded spirit.

So whether you’re after a fun vibe, a hidden bar or just a new cocktail or two to try, take your pick from our list of Australia’s best rum bars you must visit in 2023:

The Best Rum Bars in Sydney:

<strong>The Lobo</strong>
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The Lobo

The Lobo has a handpicked collection of over 250 locally and internationally sourced rums, ranging from the Caribbean to Central America and South America. With some of the oldest rums in their collection dating back to the 1930s, The Lobo is proud to demonstrate the evolution of rum over the past 80-90 years and boast some of the rarest and oldest variations of the world’s most beloved rum brands – in cocktail form of course! If you’re looking for the best places for rum in Sydney, The Lobo should be at the top of your list.

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209 Clarence St, Sydney, NSW 2000

The Best Rum Bars in Hobart:

<strong>Frank Restaurant</strong>
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Frank Restaurant

If you’re looking for a secret rum bar, Frank Restaurant wouldn’t usually be your first go-to. Surprisingly, this South American influenced destination – who’s passion is primarily for Argentinian food, drink and culture – is also one of the best rum bars in Hobart. Here you’ll find a high expectation and stand of drinks all reflected with pride and panache in the plethora of cocktails available. Although it is not a tiki bar, Frank Restaurant is still one of our go-to places for the best rum!

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1 Franklin Wharf, Hobart, TAS 7000
<strong>Rude Boy</strong>
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Rude Boy

Meet one of our favourite rum bars in Hobart: Rude Boy. Located in the heart of Hobart, Rude Boy is a culmination of Cuban passion and Rastafarian coolness. The essence of the Caribbean, with an underlying spirit of passion, nonconformity and urban grit. Serving up fried chicken, burgers, sides and more, Rude Boy of course shakes up an outstanding selection of rum-based cocktails.

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130 Elizabeth St, Hobart, TAS 7000

The Best Rum Bars in Melbourne:

<strong>The Rum Diary Bar</strong>
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The Rum Diary Bar

The Rum Diary is stocked with enough rum to sink a pirate ship which is coincidentally the perfect amount to fill your night with fun. One of the best rum bars in Melbourne, The Rum Diary Bar creates excitement around rum, serving up the best of rum-based cocktails from the finest products sourced from around the world. Dowsed in nautical themed decor, The Rum Diary Bar goes well beyond the point of impressive thanks to their lengthy list of over 200 rum bottles and their delectable range of creative cocktails.

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330 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, VIC 3065

The Best Rum Bars in Adelaide:

<strong>Hains & Co</strong>
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Hains & Co

Born from a love of gin, rum and family, Hains & Co has a long family history that is dedicated to providing serious hospitality with a splash of fine rum, gin and whisky. The classy interior and familiar setting is sure to have you back for more in no time. More than just a delicious cocktail; whilst you’re here, be sure to partake in one of their famed masterclasses – you won’t regret it! One of the best rum bars in Adelaide!

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23 Gilbert Pl, Adelaide, SA 5000

The Best Rum Bars in Perth:

<strong>Hula Bula Bar</strong>
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Hula Bula Bar

Hula Bula Bar continues the tradition of tiki culture from the golden age of the 50s and 60s. The interior is a celebration of all things tiki and Pacific Island motifs. On top of this, they offer a fine selection of ‘rhum,’ cocktails, beer and wine, making Hula Bula Bar a fun and colourful rum destination. If you’re searching for the best rum bars in Perth, Hula Bula Bar should be at the top of your list!

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12 Victoria Ave, Perth, WA 6000
<strong>Sneaky Tony's</strong>
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Sneaky Tony's

If you’re searching for the best hidden bars in Perth, search no more! Meet Sneaky Tony’s – a speakeasy rum bar that mysteriously hangs off Roe Street in Northbridge, Perth’s famed dining precinct. A homage to the infamous rum-runner Tony “the hat”; Sneaky Tony’s is a prohibition bar in which the shelves are bursting with liquid gold. And we’re talking about some of the best rum in Australia. Usually there is a password required to get in (located on their Facebook page), but with over 300 bottles of rum inside, what are you waiting for?

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38 Roe St, Northbridge, WA 6003

The Best Rum Bars in Darwin:

<strong>Rum Jungle Tavern</strong>
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Rum Jungle Tavern

Although they are temporarily closed as they find a new location, Rum Jungle Tavern still deserves a shout-out in our list of the best rum bars in Darwin. A local eatery and bar, Rum Jungle Tavern is the perfect destination for relaxation and a meal to boot. Despite being the only bar in Batchelor to experience and celebrate all things rum, their specialised service and perfectly mixed cocktails make the Rum Jungle Tavern a brilliant local nightspot.

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The Best Rum Bars in Brisbane:

<strong>Jungle Bar</strong>
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Jungle Bar

In the heart of West End rum lovers will find a hand-built bamboo hut that is Jungle Bar. Taking the title as one of the best tiki rum bars in Australia, you’ll soon see why upon your visit. We’re talking tropical cocktails, a lengthy selection of tasty beers and, of course, a wall filled to its entirety of rum. If you’re keen to visit one of Brisbane’s best rum bars, round up some mates and head over to Jungle Bar for a good time!

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76 Vulture St, West End, QLD 4101

If you’re wanting to create your own rum bar at home, mix things up with these 3 Easy Spiced Rum Cocktail Recipes. Or, for something else, why not visit Australia’s 17 Best Gin Bars of 2023.

Feature image: Grandma’s Bar, Sydney. Photographed by Aedan O’Donnell. Image via Destination NSW.
This article was first published on August 07 2018. It was updated and edited by Hunter and Bligh on September 04 2023.